With a WordPress maintenance mode plugin or under construction plugin you can quickly set your WordPress website into mode where a special page are served no matter what pages visitors request.

From time to time, almost any website will need go offline for a period. Typically due to planned maintenance or construction of new elements. To make sure your visitors do not go in vain you should inform them professionally about the situation with an under construction or maintenance page. This type of pages often also benefit from having a countdown that visually let visitor know when the site will be operational again. Another use case for under construction pages are startup companies that work on a product or service. Until the company is ready for serving customers the page will allow them to create a buzz and let people that are interested in receiving information to sign up for a newsletter. .

There are many ways to construct an under construction / maintenance site which all depends on the type of website you are running. For existing WordPress based websites, it is typically a good solution to use a maintenance mode plugin. These plugins allow webmasters to set the website into maintenance mode from the backend and typically also to add some text and functions such as newsletter signup or countdown.

If the construction or maintenance mode is a lengthy process you could also consider using an under construction or coming soon WordPress theme instead. This approach gives you more flexibility and works great for e.g. startup that also over time need a blog side by side with the coming soon page.

There are many great WordPress plugins for adding an under construction or maintenance feature and I have found some of the very best for this article. If I did not add your favorite please let me know in a comment. Enjoy!

underConstruction – MORE INFO


Creates a ‘Coming Soon’ page that will show for all users who are not logged in. Useful for developing a site on a live server, without the world being able to see it

5 Sec Maintenance Mode – MORE INFO / DEMO


5sec maintenance mode is q quick install plugin which allows full customization, a countdown timer, editable templates, disabling of live feeds and SEO and Google friendly.

WordPress Maintenance – Under Construction Mode – MORE INFO / DEMO


The DP Maintenance plugin includes the possibility to add a maintenance mode with a sleek theme to your website.

Ultimate Maintenance Mode – MORE INFO


The Ultimate Maintenance Mode plugin displays a screenshot of your website with an overlayed window and the reason your site is down.

Under Construction – Coming Soon WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO


This is ideal for people/companies who website is coming soon, or if people are updating there website with plugins, themes etc.

WP Maintenance Mode – MORE INFO


Adds a maintenance-page to your blog that lets visitors know your blog is down for maintenance time. User with rights for theme-options get full access to the blog including the frontend.

CGC Maintenance Mode Pro  – MORE INFO / DEMO


CGC Maintenance Mode Pro is a plugin for WordPress that is designed to make it extremely easy to safely perform upgrades and maintenance on your site. While in maintenance mode, unauthorized users are sent to either a WordPress page, external URL , or custom template. Authorized users, specified by IP, are permitted to see the site as normal. Maintenance Mode can be turned on or off at any time, and can even be set to turn itself on and off at a specified date and time.

Ultimate Coming Soon Page – MORE INFO


The Ultimate Coming Soon Page plugin allows you quick and easily set up a coming soon or launch page for your website.

Simple and flexible, the Ultimate Coming Soon Page plugin works with any WordPress theme you have installed on your site. Anyone who isn’t logged in to your site will see the specific page, while you or any other logged-in staffers can access the site as normal to work on your changes or content.

AJDE Maintenance Mode Countdown Timer – WP Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO


This easy plugin adds a count-down timer splash screen to your website during website maintenance stage. You can change all of the content that displays on splash page via WordPress back-end settings for UCT .

Maintenance – WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO


Take your site down from public view with a click of a button hiding the site when you need to change a few things or run an upgrade, making it only accessible by login and password. There is also an area to add a custom message which will be shown to the users while your site is down. Users stay on the same page when they input wrong initials.

Maintenance – MORE INFO


Take your site down from public view with a click of a button hiding the site when you need to change a few things or run an upgrade, making it only accessible by login and password. There is also an area to add a custom message which will be shown to the users while your site is down. Users stay on the same page when they input wrong initials.

uMaintenance – Premium Plugin for WordPress – MORE INFO / DEMO


uMaintenance is an extremely easy to use “under construction” WordPress plugin. Its purpose is simple – to provide a way of letting your visitors know about the ongoing maintenance on your site, let them know when can they expect things to be back to normal and give them a chance to connect with you through other channels.

CGC Maintenance Mode – MORE INFO


Easily put your site into maintenance mode with this plugin so that you can perform updates. The plugin works by taking a selection of IP addresses and comparing them to the visitor’s IP address.

Coming Soon Landing Page – WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO


A WordPress plugin that switches your current website to maintenance mode. Includes custom pages, top menu, option for different timezones, spam prevention and a whole lot more.

Site Maintenance – MORE INFO

This simple and lightweight WordPress maintenance plugin puts the site into maintenance mode by sending a ‘503 Service Unavailable’ status to all unauthenticated clients. Thus it effectively inhibits search engines from both losing your site’s existing content and indexing your maintenance page as well, so your site will not lose its rankings while it is out of service. Content will even be hidden from consumers of the site’s RSS or Atom feeds.

Gaurm Simple Maintenance Mode with Animation – MORE INFO / DEMO


Maintenance mode with realistic cross-browser animation.

Maintenance Mode – WordPress Plugin – MORE INFO / DEMO


An easy way to add on your website a custom maintenance page.

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Author : Lars Vraa

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